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HARVARD UNIVERSITY 1859 SALT PRINT, JOHN ADAMS WHIPPLE

Massachusetts Hall, Unitarian Church, Harvard College, 1859. Photograph is attributed unequivocally to Whipple, but is unsigned as is typical of Whipple's Harvard salt prints. Look online for 'Salt Prints at Harvard' and 'John Adams Whipple' where there are examples of his work. He was Harvard's official photographer through 1859. Read below.

"John Adams Whipple operated a studio in Boston where he was known for the exceptional quality of his daguerreotypes as well as his advances with glass plate negatives and paper prints. Along with his partner James Wallace Black, Whipple served as the first official class photographer for Harvard from 1852 to 1859. The Harvard University Archives holds a large collection of class albums containing portraits of seniors and faculty as well as campus views by Whipple and Black. Whipple experimented with a variety of negative supports including albumen coated glass plates that produced images with greater sharpness. Whipple referred to these negatives and resulting prints as 'crystalotypes,' alluding to the improved clarity of the image.' (source: Harvard University website)

More on Whipple: "Between 1847 and 1852 Whipple and astronomer William Cranch Bond, director of the Harvard College Observatory, used Harvard's Great Refractor telescope to produce images of the moon that are remarkable in their clarity of detail and aesthetic power. This was the largest telescope in the world at that time, and their images of the moon took the prize for technical excellence in photography at the great 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition in London. On the night of July 16-17, 1850, Whipple and Bond made the first daguerreotype of a star (Vega). In 1863, Whipple used electric lights to take night photographs of Boston Common." (source: Wikipedia)

Approximately 6½ x 8¼ inches (actual photo). On original mount.

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Condition:Very good to excellent.

Estimate: $400 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$554
11/14/2020

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